Claims on the City: Situated Narratives of the Urban captures a snapshot of the events, protests, and movements that disrupt a city’s existing rhythms across cultures and nationalities and compels us to rethink our understanding of the urban. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the editors and contributors detail on-the-ground events and transformations of different cities embattled in social movements, and capture solidarities of people against the mechanisms of state and global capitalism through situated narratives and microhistories of resistance.
Claims on the City approaches the understanding of cities from methods grounded in humanities, focusing on the humane, subjective, emotive aspects of the cities. The contributors bring together perspectives from the disciplinary locations of performance studies, film studies, architecture, cultural studies, heritage studies, history, and religious studies; an unusual selection in studying the urban.
C. Yamini Krishna is professor at FLAME University, India.
Amy Phua Mei Yen is a doctoral candidate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Nisha Mathew is professor of social theory at the School of Law, Mahindra University, Hyderabad.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Choreographing the City
Chapter 1: Occupying Bangkok: Performing Rights Across the City in a Series of Unpredictable Flash Mobs in Neoliberal Thailand
Chapter 2: From Confederate Monuments to Black Lives Matter Protests: The Role of Material Culture in Shaping and Reshaping Richmond’s Racialized Landscape
Incoronata (Nadia) Inserra and Lee Ann Timreck
Chapter 3: Yale: Respect New Haven (New Artwork to Protest an Old University).
Laura A. Macaluso
Chapter 4: Allegory or Algorithm: The Smart City as Monument
Part 2: Culturescapes of Rapid Urbanization
Chapter 5: Memory, Nostalgia, and Asakusa in Contemporary Japanese Cinema and Television
Chapter 6: Filming the City: Embodying Interruption
Chapter 7: Claiming History, Claiming Present: Muslim Diaspora and Hyderabad City
Chapter 8: The Soul of The City: Mindfulness Practice in Hong Kong
Chapter 9: Languages of Care: Exploring Articulations of Neglect and Backwardness among Laboring Migrants in Bengaluru
Chapter 10: Hiking is Caring: “Kong Wu” and “Hang Shan” as Concepts to Understand the Changing Sense of Belonging in Hong Kong’s Rural Landscape
Hui Lok Hang
Part 3: Microhistories of Placemaking
Chapter 11: Popular Experiences and City Making in Brazilian Amazonia: Manaus, 1890-1900
Thais R. S. de Sant´Ana
Chapter 12: Sufi Shrines in Hyderabad and its Community’s Claims within The Urban
Amy Phua Mei Yen
Chapter 13: Theatrical Landscapes: Exploring Single Screen Theatres in Ernakulam as Urban Icons and Indicators
Chapter 14: Caste of Our Neighbors: Understanding “Middle-class” Attitudes Towards Caste Through Urban Property in Kolkata
Chapter 15: War on Slums: Slum-free City Programs and People’s Struggles to Stay Put in Visakhapatnam
Chapter 16: Tribal Aspirations and The City
Elvin Xing Yifu
About the Contributors
Claims on the City: Situated Narratives of the Urban is a deep dive into the fascinating intricacies of urban life, packed with eye-opening perspectives on placemaking, social justice, and the rich tapestries of cities. From Hong Kong to Hyderabad, Tokyo to Mumbai, this sweeping array of engaging contributions is a compelling and astute reading of the city.